BLOMBERG, GERMANY - Delignit AG (ISIN DE000A0MZ4B0) - leading manufacturer of ecological, hardwood-based products and system solutions - is to fit out 122 intercity express trains of Japanese rail manufacturer Hitachi with its innovative Delignit system floor solution.

The new trains will be deployed on high-speed rail routes in Great Britain. The total order for Delignit AG spread out over the next few years is valued at a mid-million euro figure. The first three pre-series trains will go into operation in 2015.

The Delignit system floor solution based on beechwood meets the high technical requirements for public transportation in high speed trains and - aside from its exceptional strength - provides additional weight advantages in compliance with the requirements for fire protection and sound insulation.

The Hitachi contract clearly attests to the technological strength of the Delignit solution and equally to its ecological benefits. Over the past few years, Delignit AG has consistently extended its product range in the company's fast growing rail sector. The new Hitachi Rail Europe trains for the Intercity Express Programme will be deployed on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines in Great Britain.The two routes connecting London with Bristol and London with Edinburgh rank as the most important ones in Great Britain.

Over the next few years, the intention is to replace the almost 40 year-old intercity trains now in service. The new trains can be both electric and diesel-operated and will reach travelling speeds of 200 km/h.Passengers will not only enjoy faster connections but also improved furnishings and comfort in the new trains.

The first three trains of a total of 122 (equalling 866 carriages) will be manufactured in Japan. Serial production will then take place in a new Hitachi plant in Great Britain.

The Delignit Group:

The Delignit Group develops, manufactures and distributes predominately hardwood-based ecological materials and system solutions. The Delignit Group is a recognized development and project partner and approved supplier for technology industries such as, for instance, the automotive and aviation industries as well as safety engineering. The products are characterised by particular technological properties and their areas of application include usage as assembly systems for commercial vehicles, interior trim for cars and fire-safe building facilities.

As a rule, the Delignit material is based on regenerative substances, is CO2-neutral throughout its life cycle and therefore superior to non-regenerative materials such as plastics and steel. The usage of the Delignit material therefore improves the customers' products and meets their increasing ecological demands. The Delignit Group's operational business comprises the automotive business unit as well as that of technological applications. The company was founded over 200 years ago. Delignit AG is listed in Frankfurt's Stock Market Entry Standard. You can find more information online under www.delignit.com.

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